Nature Journaling: Taking in Nature in the New Year

Nature journals are a fun way to pass the time. To many Great Parks nature interpreters, they are a tool that fosters meaningful connections with the natural world.

Why not try keeping a nature journal this year? This is your journal – something to help you connect to the natural world around you and make discoveries along the way.

You can make note of certain things every day, like the temperature and weather conditions, and then work on the prompt we’ve given you. Or you can draw what you find during your nature observation time. Or a mixture of all of those things! And don’t worry, if the weather is too awful to go outside for your nature observation, take a peek out a window from the comfort of inside your home! If you do venture outside, you may want to take a small pocket notebook to make notes or quick sketches to work further with them when you get back inside. Also, use a pencil – ink in a pen could freeze if it is too cold! Any notebook will work for your journal.

Need inspiration? Check out all of our nature journal prompts here.

The sun shines over Winton Lake. The reflection of the trees lining the lake are seen on the water surface. There is fog permeating from the surface of the water.

Today’s Prompt: Taking in 2022

On the first day of 2022, take a walk and look at the whole picture – what nature is below your feet? To the left and right of you? Up in the air? Write your observations in your new nature journal for the new year.

A Few Tips for Success:

  • Work with your child’s attention span. If they aren’t enjoying an activity, allow them to choose a new one. If they are highly focused, give them plenty of time to continue the observations.
  • Allow creativity. Children often have interests that go beyond the questions we pose. Create a safe environment so they can create and explore on their terms.
  • Journal along with your child. You never know what you may discover and it’s a great way to spend some quality time together.
  • Try activities at different times of day. Observations may change with time and temperature.

Want to try your hand at different nature journaling topics? Click here for more prompts.

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